IEC yet to respond to 11am deadline set by smaller parties

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The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has not yet commented on the Saturday 11am deadline set by smaller parties in the elections, demanding an independent audit firm to investigate claims of voting irregularities.

A group of 27 small parties that contested the elections has given the IEC the ultimatum.

In a letter written by their lawyers, the parties threaten to seek relief from the Electoral Court, should the electoral body fail to meet the deadline. They say they will petition the court to stop the announcement of the election result scheduled for Saturday night.

The aggrieved parties have detailed allegations of various irregularities committed during the voting process on Wednesday. These include double voting and the use of ink that could be erased in some instances.

The IEC says the matter is with its lawyers and it will respond to the parties in due time.